'''Siegfried Loraine Sassoon''', (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an England|English
poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front (World War I)|Western Front
he became one of the leading poets of the First World War
. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism
[''Siegfried Sassoon: The Making of a War Poet'', Jean Moorcroft Wilson (Duckworth, 2004).]
Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen
, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised...